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March 18, 2018
Assistant Professor, Dr. Kristin Grimsrud, will receive the American Burn Association’s  Clinical Research Paper Award at their 50th Annual Meeting on April 10-13 in Chicago for her paper “Identification of Cytochrome P450 Polymorphisms in Burn Patients and Impact on Fentanyl Pharmacokinetics:  A Pilot Study.”  The Clinical Research Award is awarded to the best clinical research paper submitted by a non-physician.

Vice Chair of Strategic Technologies, Dr. Richard Levenson, will chair a new session on Microscopy, Histopathology, and Analytics at the Biophotonics Congress in Hollywood, FL on April 3-6.

The US and Canadian Academy of Pathology’s annual meeting in Vancouver, BC on March 17-23, 2018 featured four posters from the department. Topics include Helicobacter pylori in renal transplant patients, clinicopathologic analysis of hepatic angiomyolipoma, MUSE microscopy applications to surgical pathology and molecular testing.  Faculty include Drs. Bishop, Borowsky, Darrow, Fung, Kuang-Jen, Lechpammer, Levenson, Matsukuma, Wang and resident Dr. Amir Ghorbani.

On March 19, 2018, Associate Professor, Dr. Mirna Lechpammer, a platform session on Techniques at the US and Canadian Academy of Pathology’s annual meeting in Vancouver, BC.

Associate Professor. Dr. Imran Khan taught a week-long course on personalized medicine at Pakistan’s Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) to residents, fellows, and practicing physicians in mid-March.  This program complements Dr. Khan’s USAID grant on tuberculosis research in collaboration with AFIP of Pakistan.

Match Day revealed four outstanding new residents who will be joining the department in July:  Alison Chan (Chicago Osteopathic College of Medicine), Peter Conner (St. George's University), Tahera Iqbal (Touro University), and Ryan Thomas (Florida International University).

UC Davis Health’s 8th Annual Quality Forum on March 15, 2018 featured five posters and one platform presentation from multi-disciplinary teams of pathologists, clinical lab scientists, information technology staff, and clinicians.  Topics included improvements from new tests like high-sensitivity troponin, and molecular point-of-care testing for infections, and better methods to detect fecal occult blood, improve blood bank workflows, and minimize complications from transfusions.

February 26, 2018
Chair Dr. Lydia Howell is the new President-elect of the Association of Pathology Chairs, effective July 1, 2018.

Vice Chair of Research Dr. Yvonne Wan is the recipient of an NCI R01 grant award in the amount of $2,117,911 for her project “Liver Cancer Therapy by MiR-22 and Its Inducers.”

Residency program director Dr. Hooman Rashidi’s new top-ranked app HemeQuiz 1 is featured in a news story on UC Davis Health’s homepage.  https://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/welcome/features/2017-2018/02/20180213_rashidi_hemonc_app.html

Dr. Mirna Lechpammer published a chapter on “Induction and Assessment of Hypoxia in Glioblastoma In Vitro” in the new textbook, Glioblastoma, published by Springer.  https://link.springer.com/protocol/10.1007/978-1-4939-7659-%091_9

An editorial on the job outlook for residents by Distinguished Professor Dr. Ralph Green and faculty colleagues Drs. Hooman Rashidi and Michael Hogarth is available as an online early release in the journal, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.  http://www.archivesofpathology.org/doi/pdf/10.5858/arpa.2017-0540-ED

January 26, 2018
Assistant Professor, Dr. Sarah Barnhard was chosen by UC Davis Health’s Information Technology group as their 2017 Hospital & Specialty Physician Champion of the Year for her leadership in the implementation of the Mediware HCLL Transfusion Module, the transition to the new Factor Xa test for heparin monitoring, and for developing the strategy and criteria for the Transfusing Wisely program to ensure effective ordering of red blood cells.

Our pathology course for medical students, PMD 410, is once again ranked by students as number one among all 25 preclinical courses for the 2016-2017 academic year.  General Pathology and/or Systemic Pathology has occupied the top two rankings for each of the past three years.

January 19, 2018
On January 22, 2018, Vice Chair of Research, Dr. Yvonne Wan, chaired a session on Human Disease and spoke on "Bile Acids are the Intrinsic Links for Western Diet to Induce NASH" at the Bilateral Joint Symposium on the Genome, Glycome, and Microbiome of Plants and Animals co-sponsored by UC Davis and Taiwan's Academia Sinica.

The department hosted five South Korean students studying clinical laboratory science at Jinju University for a two-week experience, January 15-26, 2018.

Assistant professor, Dr. Sarah Barnhard, received the 2017 Hospital and Physician Champion of the Year Award from the UC Davis Health’s Information Technology team for her contributions implementing the new blood bank lab information system, transitioning to the new anti-Xa test for heparin testing, and for developing strategy and criteria for the Transfusing Wisely program.

December 14, 2017
Chair Emeritus, Dr. Robert Cardiff is the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Emeritus Professor Award from the UC Davis Emeriti Association.

Undergraduate Aman Zadran and his mentor, Professor Emeritus Dr. Gerald Kost, received the inaugural Best Poster Award at UC Davis’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference in November.  Their poster “Globally Optimizing Public Health Resilience Through Point-of-Care Testing for Infectious Diseases: Implementation for Prevention and Intervention in Vietnam” was supported in part by a UC Davis Undergraduate International Travel Award.

November 27, 2017
Dr. Richard Levenson, Professor and Vice Chair of Strategic Technology, will give a webinar for Photonics Media on “The MUSE Microscope for Advancing Light Microscopy” on 1/16/2017.  The novel MUSE microscope was developed at UC Davis.   https://www.photonics.com/Webinar.aspx?WID=130

The Heme Quiz App developed by Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education, Dr. Hooman Rashidi is now available on iTunes in over 30 languages. This new app is a complement to Dr. Rashidi's famous on-line Hematology Outlines Atlas which is considered the gold standard for board preparation in hematology.  Sixteen UC Davis faculty and residents contributed content to this app.

November 17, 2017
Residency and fellowship alumnus, Dr. Guillermo Martinez-Torres, is the inaugural recipient of the Raymond Zastrow Leadership Award from the Wisconsin Society of Pathologists. Dr. Martinez-Torres completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology in 1993, and forensic fellowship in 1994.

Department Chair Dr. Lydia Howell received the Papanicolaou Award and delivered the Papanicolaou Address at the American Society of Cytopathology’s 65th annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ, November 10-13, 2017.  The Papanicolaou Award is the society’s highest honor and is presented annually to a physician or PhD member in recognition of meritorious contributions in the field of cytopathology.

November 6, 2017

Associate professor Dr. Mirna Lechpammer was a speaker at the Sacramento Brain Freeze event on a November 4, 2017. This “polar plunge” event raises awareness and resources to fund critical brain tumor-specific programs to improve the lives of all those affected by brain tumors, and is hosted by the National Brain Tumor Society.

Associate professor Dr. Kuang-Yu Jen presented three posters at the American Society of Nephrology’s annual meeting in New Orleans, October 31-November 5, 2017: “Histologic Findings on Time-Zero Allograft Biopsies Correlate with Kidney Donor Profile Index (KDPI) and 30-Day Serum Creatinine”, “Variable Presentation and Histologic Findings in JC Nephropathy”, “Predominantly Vascular AL Amyloidosis Mimicking Vascular Hyalinosis on Renal Biopsy: A Diagnostic Pitfall”.

On October 27, 2017, two pathologist alumni of UC Davis School of Medicine medical school and residency program were honored by the Alumni Association.  Vice Chair of Undergraduate Medical Education, Dr.Regina Gandour-Edwards, received the Distinguished Alumni Award, and Dr. Jose Galvez, Chief of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Biomedical Translational Research Information System, received the Transformational Leadership Award.

Resident Dr. Amir Ghorbani gave a platform presentation on dermatopathology applications of the UCD-developed MUSE microscope at the American Society of Dermatopathology's annual meeting in Baltimore, MD on October 26-29, 2017.

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